|Pre-game||Ep1: The Puppetmaster|
Pre-game press interviews?
| Day 1
Arrival: Chiefs (Russell S., Mick) chosen.
Ep.1 RC: One for All
(Hero challenge.) As the newly elected "chiefs," Russell S. and Mick are told to pick their tribe's best swimmer (John, Jaison), their strongest (Erik, Hantz), their most agile (Yasmin, Marisa), and their smartest (Shambo, Liz). The swimmers race out to a buoy, untie a key, swim back. They hand off the key to the strongest, who use it to unlock two bundles of logs, which the strong guys must carry back to serve as stairs. The agile women climb the stairs and maneuver a second key along a rope wrapped around a balance beam. The smartest then use that key to unlock and solve a statue puzzle. Jaison's swimming gives Foa Foa a lead they never relinquish. Foa Foa wins flint.
Ep.1 IC: Yank Your Hank
Six people per tribe must cross three increasingly tall A-frames, carrying three ropes. They then tie the ropes together and use them to haul a heavy crate along a bumpy track. Once complete, the four-person puzzle team disassembles the crate and uses the plank to solve a puzzle. Puzzlers: Monica, Shambo, Laura, Kelly vs. Marisa, Betsy, Liz, Ashley. Galu leads early on the A-frame, holds that lead to the end. Galu wins.
TC1 - Marisa voted out (7-3), 19 left.
|Ep2: Taking Candy from a Baby||Ep3: It's Called a Russell Seed||Ep4: Hungry For a Win|
Ep.2 idol: Hantz
Russell tells Jaison there's probably an idol in camp, and sets about finding it without a clue. He eventually looks in the roots of a tree in camp, while everyone is standing nearby. He pockets it, examines it in private, then shows it to Jaison as a trust-building measure.
Ep.2 RC/IC: Schmergen Brawl
Monica sits out. Rd.1: Women shooting, men in pit - Liz scores (FF1, G0). Rd.2: Women down in pit, John scores (FF1, G1). Rd.3: Ben tossed for cheap shot on Russ Swan (kicking him in the knee/tripping from behind). Foa Foa now must compete with only two players in the pit. Erik scores (FF1, G2). Rd.4: Laura scores, Galu wins, 3-1. They get fishing gear, immunity. Russ Swan sends Yasmin to visit Foa Foa and sit in on Tribal. Borassi is then medevacced.
Mike removed, 18 left.
TC2 - Betsy voted out (7-1), 17 left.
Ep.3 RC/IC: Sea Crates
Hantz; Shambo, Yasmin, Erik, Brett sit out. In pairs, contestants must run out into the water to retrieve a cube. The other tribe has one defender in the attack zone to slow them down. Once all four cubes are retrieved, must be stacked such that no side of the stack has the same color more than once. Defenders: Kelly, Ashley; Swan, Ben. Rest get crates, in pairs. Galu wins, Russ Swan picks comfort items (blankets, pillows, towels) over a tarp, then sends Shambo to Foa Foa.
TC3 - Ben voted out (6-1), 16 left.
Ep.4 hero RC: Bocce in a Box
(Hero challenge.) Each tribe receives a note that instructs the chief to bring two people along for a food-related mission. A swap is suspected, but it turns out it's a hero challenge, with no appearance by Probst. Galu sends Russ Swan, Shambo, Dave. Foa Foa selects Mick, Natalie, Hantz. Once they find the rules, it's a game of bocce ball: Three balls per person, closest ball overall to the stick wins. Opening round is Mick vs. Russ Swan, Foa Foa leads after 1st round. 2nd round is Natalie vs. Shambo, Foa Foa stills leads. Final round is Russell Hantz vs. Dave Ball. Foa Foa still leads up to the final ball, but Dave lands on right next to the flag, and Galu wins chickens.
Ep.4 idol: Erik finds Galu's
Erik knows Yasmin received an idol clue when she visited Foa Foa, so he approaches Shambo, and tells her that there's probably a matching idol in Galu's camp, using a similar clue. John rushes up to them with the same revelation, and Shambo shares her clue with both. After Shambo (and Russ, and Dave) leaves for the RC quest, Erik makes sure everyone else is occupied, then hunts for the idol. He finds it in a tree (duh).
|Ep4: Hungry For a Win||Ep5: Walking On Thin Ice||Ep6: This Is the Man Test||Ep7: Houdini Magic|
Ep.4 IC: Well Stacked
Shambo, Laura, Dave, Russ Swan sit out. Tribes must carry blocks across a net obstacle, then stack them to form a tower. Then cross a rope bridge, untie more blocks, and stack them in an even taller tower. The challenge is neck-and-neck through the first tower, and again after the rope bridge. Galu builds a lead on the second tower, as Foa Foa struggles to open their bags of blocks. But Foa Foa catches up, and places the winning block, after Galu's top two blocks slip off their stack. It holds, and finally, Foa Foa wins.
TC4 - Yasmin voted out (8-2), 15 left.
Ep.5 RC: Samoa Smoothies
John, Laura, Kelly sit out. Gross food, done head to head, contestants just have to drink their smoothie and keep it down to earn a point. Each spins a ball on a roulette wheel, and Probst makes a smoothie that combines the ingredients each ball lands on. Rd.1: Shambo v. Jaison (giant clam + "Jeff's choice"). Rd.2: Russell v. Russell (jelly fish x2, Probst adds milk). Rd.3: Brett v. Mick (giant clam + sea cucumber). Rd.4: Monica v. Liz (sea urchin x2). Rd.5: Dave v. Ashley (Sea slug guts x2) Ashley can't drink hers (not shown: Natalie also couldn't drink hers in an unaired round). Galu wins a barbecue with steaks, sausages. Russell sends Shambo to Foa Foa again.
Ep.5 IC: Sack Attack
Dave, Shambo, Brett sit out. Standard Nut Bucket challenge, but with one man, one woman holding the nets for each tribe (Russell H, Liz; Russell S, Laura). John, Erik make almost every shot they take, Foa Foa struggles to land any. Order out: Hantz, then Liz. Galu wins.
TC5 - Ashley voted out (5-1), 14 left.
Ep.6 RC: Roll With It
Dave, Monica, Kelly, Shambo sit out. The never-completed challenge that was halted, resulting in Russ Swan's medevac. But as described: Each tribe has one sighted person strapped inside a giant wicker ball (Liz; Laura), and two blindfolded tribemates rolling the ball along a course (Jaison, Russell H.; Russ S., Erik). They move the ball to table maze, where the caller directs the rollers and two more tribemates in maneuvering a ball through the table maze. First tribe to finish wins reward: pizza. But it'll be at Tribal Council, where each tribe will vote someone out. Winning tribe gets to go first, then eat pizza while observing the other tribe. Results: Russ starts to fade towards the end of the ball-pushing, and passes out shortly after reaching the table maze. Probst halts the challenge, and the medical team quickly decides Russ needs to be pulled from the game. Both tribes still attend Tribal, but on getting there, learn there will be no vote.
TC6 - No vote, 13 left.
Ep.7 RC: Brain Food
Kelly, Shambo, Dave sit out. Concentration game with survival items, chief (Brett, Mick) can choose to forfeit points to keep items. Laura makes first match for Galu, Brett opts to keep the firestarting kit (wrapped in a tarp) and forfeits the point. Matches: Laura 2, Brett 2, John 2, Russell 2, Mick 1, Natalie 1, Monica 1. Galu leads 6-3 with three matches left to go. Natalie makes a match (6-4). Galu wins a day on a sailing ship. Shambo sends Laura to Foa Foa.
|Ep7: Houdini Magic||Ep8: All Hell Breaks Loose||Ep9: Tastes Like Chicken|
Ep.7 IC: Canoe Dueling
Laura, John, Monica sit out. Each tribe must race out to an outrigger, then push/paddle along a course as two people (Dave, Kelly; Natalie, Liz) fish for six strands of fish-shaped puzzle pieces. They then must return to shore, where three people (Kelly, Brett, Dave; Jaison, Mick, Liz) use the pieces to solve a puzzle. Foa Foa has an early lead on the fishing, but Galu paddles instead of pushes their canoe, passes Foa Foa, and wins on the puzzle.
TC7 - Liz voted out (4-1), 12 left.
The tribes each receive treemail vaguely promising food. They're sent to a beach where a treasure chest awaits, but no Probst. The chest contains new blue buffs, flag-making materials, and a note telling them they've merged. The head to old Galu camp, and Brett suggests the merge tribe name, Aiga, allegedly meaning extended family.
Ep.8 IC: Nut Cracker
Tee-ball/skee-ball, using a club and ball on a tee, contestants must hit a softball into the target area, such that it lands on the highest score. In a twist, there are two necklaces, one for a man, one for a woman. Men and women compete separately. Results for the men, in order of appearance: Dave-3, Jaison-0 (too far), Hantz-4, Brett-0 (too far), Mick-2, Erik-0 (too far), Fincher-5. Women: Natalie-0 (foul), Monica-2, Kelly-3, Shambo-0 (foul), Laura-4. Fincher and Laura each win immunity. Order of finish, Men: 1.Fincher, 2.Hantz, 3.Dave, 4.Mick, 5(tie):Jaison, Brett, Erik. Women: 1.Laura, 2.Kelly, 3.Monica, 4(tie): Natalie, Shambo.
TC8 - Erik voted out (10-2); 11 left.
Ep.9 RC: Coconut Code
Random draw for teams (yellow, purple). Natalie odd person out, backs the yellow team, will get reward if they win. Teams: Yellow (Mick, Russell, Jaison, Brett, Laura) vs. purple (Dave, Shambo, Kelly, John, Monica). In pairs (all but Laura, Monica), teams must run out, untie a pole with black-and-white painted coconuts, then run it back to the start. When all five are collected, they must be placed on a rack, where the white coconuts will form a 4-digit number like an LED clock display. (Each team has a different code, so no cheating possible.) When the code is found, one blindfolded person (Laura, Monica) must turn a combination lock using only the feel of the digits on the dials for guidance. First to enter the correct combo and release the team flag wins. Purple is first to solve their code, and wins. They get a trip to Papase'a sliding rocks, with a picnic lunch. Natalie doesn't get anything.
Ep.9 idol: Hantz finds #2
After a prior confessional saying he planned to look by the well, by treemail, and under the bridge (and shots showing him looking but not finding an idol there), Russell finds an idol in one of these exact spots. While almost all the Galus are away on reward. There's obviously no way anything untoward could have gone on here.
The day after Natalie killed a rat.
Ep.9 IC: Square Peg Round Hole
Two-round challenge, one immunity this time. Rd.1: Contestants must use grappling hooks to retrieve two bags containing puzzle blocks, first three done advance. Rd.2: The three finalists place a peg in a hole on their puzzle board, knocking out another piece (30 total). Rd1: Shambo-1, Mick-1, Kelly-1, Brett-1, Mick-2 (advances), Jaison-1, Laura-1, Hantz-1, Shambo-2 (advances), Laura, Hantz snag bags at same time, Laura-2 (Hantz drops his). Final round score: Laura-30, Mick-7, Shambo-7+ (probably second). 1.Laura, 2.Shambo, 3.Mick, 4.Hantz, 5(tie): Kelly, Brett, Jaison. 8(tie): Monica, Natalie, Fincher, Dave.
TC9 - Kelly idoled out (-4), 10 left.
|Ep10: The Day of Reckoning||Ep11: Off With Their Heads!||Ep12: Damage Control|
Ep.10 RC: Get Hooked
As seen in Panama - Exile Island. Two teams of five: Yellow (Shambo, Jaison, Monica, Mick, John) and purple (Dave, Brett, Laura, Russell, Natalie). One person (John, Natalie) lies face-down on a cradle suspended by four ropes, which the other four people pull to maneuver the cradle. The person in the cradle must gather 15 flags, one at a time, in order, and place them in their appropriate holes in the finishing log. First team to finish wins a plane trip to Savaii, for a picnic lunch by a waterfall. With a Palm Pre by Sprint, of course. Results: Purple takes a lead on the first flag, never relinquishes it, wins 15-10. On the Pre at the reward is a video clue to the location of the re-hidden idol.
Ep.10 idol: Russell #3
Immediately upon returning to camp from the reward, Russell tells Jaison and Mick about the idol clue. They head off into the jungle, and Galu (Dave, Laura) follows them. After finding the likely location while Dave is with him, Russell takes off running into the jungle, eventually losing Dave, then loops back to the spot, grabs the idol, and is done.
Ep.10 IC: Spear Me the Details
Multi-round single-shot target practice. Rd.1(throw 1 rock, break tiles): Shambo-miss, Hantz-miss, Jaison-1, Fincher-miss, Monica-miss, Dave-breaks 1 for Monica, Natalie-miss, Mick-1, Brett-2, Laura-miss. Rd.2 (use crossbow to shoot spear at target): Brett 1-2nd ring, Jaison-miss, Monica-1st (outer) ring, Mick-3rd ring, Brett 2-2nd ring again. 1.Mick wins, 2.Brett, 3.Monica, 4.Jaison, 5(tie): everyone else.
TC10 - Laura voted out (5-5 [5-3 on re-vote]), 9 left.
Ep.11 non-RC: Auction
Standard auction, $500 per player, no sharing money or items. Items sold: 1. Natalie - PB&J sandwich ($200). 2. Shambo - Covered … sea noodles and slug guts ($240). 3. Monica - covered … whole roasted chicken ($340). 4. Jaison - advantage in the IC ($500). 5. Mick - Cheeseburger, fries, beer ($500). 6. Natalie - shower ($120). 7. John - apple pie ($300) - Probst offers to trade for four pieces of a pie that John can't eat; John declines. Auction ends.
Ep.11 IC: Drop a Log
Contestants must hold up a heavy log (adjusted to body weight) via a rope with knots. Every three minutes, they move down one knot on the rope, making the log increasingly heavier. Jaison's advantage allows him to move up two knots at any point, which he does on the switch to the fourth knot (9 minutes in). Order out: 9. Shambo (21 min,1knot left), 8. Russell (1 knot left), 7. Monica (24min, 0 knots), 6. John, 5. Brett, 4. Mick, 3. Natalie, 2. Dave. 1. Jaison wins!
TC11 - John voted out (7-1-1), 8 left.
Ep.12 Final 8 IC: Fauxconut Bowling
It's bowling, but with quasi=spherical coconuts. Random paired match-ups, highest score after two throws advances. Rd.1: Natalie 0-4, Shambo 9-dnt; Brett 0-0, Russ 4-dnt; Jaison 2-4, Monica 0-1; Mick 4-4, Dave X-. Rd.2: Shambo 5-0, Russ 4-0; Jaison 0-7, Dave 0-0. Rd.3: Shambo 0-0, Jaison 0-2. Jaison wins. Order of finish: 1. Jaison, 2. Shambo, 3-t. Hantz, Dave, 5-t. Mick, Natalie, Monica, Brett.
TC12 - Dave voted out (7-1), 7 left.
|Ep12: Damage Control||Ep13: Two Brains Are Better Than One||Ep14: This Game Ain't Over (Season finale)|
Ep.12 Final 7 IC: Walk on Water
As (mostly) seen in Africa. Contestants must wade out to a buoy, untie a bag, return to shore, catapult it into basket (3 bags total). Scoring: Brett 1, Mick 1, Hantz 1, Shambo 1, Brett 2, Mick 2, Jaison 1, Hantz 2, Natalie 1, Brett 3 (out-racing Mick). Order of finish: 1. Brett, 2. Mick, 3. Hantz, 4 (tie): Shambo, Jaison, Natalie, 7. Monica.
TC13 - Monica voted out (5-2), 6 left.
Ep13 RC: "Coco Plunk" - Russell, Jaison & Shambo win village trip, feast, overnight stay.
Ep13 IC: "Combo Platter" - Brett wins.
TC14 - Shambo voted out (5-1), 5 left.
Ep14 F5 IC: "Tentacle" - Brett wins.
TC15 - Jaison voted out (4-1), 4 left.
Ep14 F4 IC: "Over Extended" - Russell wins.
TC16 - Brett voted out (3-1), 3 left.
|Ep14: This Game Ain't Over||Game over|
| Day 39
Final Tribal Council and jury vote on final three - Natalie wins, 7-2-0.
| (July 20)
Departure. Contestants return home to U.S.; Probst sticks around for Survivor 20.
| (July 21)
Inevitable Facebook and/or MySpace contestant activity resumes.
| (July 22)
Preparations underway back in Samoa for arrival of Heroes vs. Villains cast.
| (July 23)
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